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The Longest Journey Spoilers

Welcome to the new Computer Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished The Longest Journey yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main The Longest Journey page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!

Plot Summary

April Ryan, an art student from a corporate-dystopia future, discovers that she has the magical ability to plane-shift into a fantasy realm called Arcadia. There she learns that both worlds are in mortal danger and that April herself is prophesied to save them. The Guardian who is supposed to maintain balance between these two worlds has abdicated, and a shadowy organization called the Vanguard, led by men named McAllen and Halloway, intends to take advantage of this to conquer both worlds. It turns out that Halloway was in fact the abdicated Guardian, who was corrupted by McAllen. After much questing, April learns that she is in fact the daughter of the White of the Kin, one of the four immortal dragon lords of Arcadia. Both her friend Cortez and her enemy McAllen are revealed to be incarnations of the Kin as well, and they perish in combat against each other while April restores Halloway to wholeness and he takes his rightful place as Guardian, thus restoring balance to the universe.

Character Subplots and Secrets

April Ryan: April is given a backstory with her parents which is poorly explained and awkward-- she was adopted, and then she was apparently crippled when her adopted father dropped her, but she miraculously recovered from her injuries, but her father still felt so guilty about dropping her that he abused her (I think the implication in there is supposed to be that he felt so guilty he became a drunk and that caused him to be abusive, but as I said, this part is not up to the storytelling standards of the rest of the game.) In reality, she is the daughter of the White Dragon and therefore, a member of the Draic Kin herself. (In the sequel, Dreamfall, the author walks this back a little and states she is not a true member of the Draic Kin (presumably since that would make her way too powerful,) but she still is the White Dragon's daughter and the sister of the next White incarnation.)

Lady Alvane: This mysterious old lady is strongly implied to be April herself from some time in the future, since she seems to know all about April's friends and feelings and is also seen conversing with Crow about their adventures together at the end of the game.

Charlie and Emma: April's friends from Stark (the technological/corporatist future world.) They get very short shrift in this game-- Emma is shot by Halloway and Charlie disappears, then neither is ever seen again. Lady Alvane explains that they both survived, and that's it. There is no resolution between them and April no matter what you do.

Zack: A sleazy classmate of April's who keeps trying to get into her pants. April eventually agrees to go on a date with him in exchange for some help on her quest, but either she stands him up or the date goes badly (depending on the player's choices.) Zack doesn't realize how serious the plot is and tells Halloway where April is to get back at her over the date; he ends up being shot and killed by Halloway in the ensuing fracas.

Cortez (aka Manny Chavez): April's friend and mentor turns out to be the Red Kin. He is apparently killed during a fight with McAllen, when both assume their dragon forms and fight to the death. Cortez and McAllen call each other "brother" and Cortez calls the White Kin "mother," but it's not clear whether these are literal family relationships (in which case Cortez and McAllen are also April's brothers) or just honorific terms of address among the Kin.

Jacob McAllen: The villain of the game, McAllen turns out to be the Green Kin. He is apparently killed during a fight with Cortez.

Gordon Halloway: A villain for much of the game, Halloway was the intended next Guardian but ran away without assuming his position, leaving the universe in peril. It is revealed that McAllen corrupted him by splitting his soul in half, channeling his emotions into a destructive Chaos Vortex and leaving his human form cold and sociopathic. In the end when April restores him to wholeness, he chooses to assume his position as Guardian.

Crow: He's really just a comic-relief talking animal. At one point he gets mad at April when he realizes that she named him after a common Earth bird, but he forgives her when she explains that Crowboy was the name of a cartoon character she loved as a child.

Burns Flipper: A foul-mouthed cyberpunk fixer-type trapped in a hovering wheelchair, he helps April for a while, then betrays her to the Vanguard in hopes of having his body restored. Instead, Halloway guns him down and he dies after telling April everything he knows.

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